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Academic Program and Policies

Career Preparatory Program

As an enhancement to the Department of Education-prescribed curriculum, a career-based curriculum is adopted to prepare students for tertiary education and/or employment/entrepreneurial endeavors even after high school.

A student is classified/tracked according to his ability and interest into Five (5) different classification tracks:

  • Science and Math (SciMath)
  • Information & Communications Technology (ICT)
  • Culinary Arts/Food Technology
  • Entrepreneurship (Entrep)
  • Liberal Arts

Policies Relating To Scholastic Work

For teaching and learning to flourish and grow in the classroom, the classroom interaction is conducted in a manner conducive to maximum participation among the students. The materials presented by the teacher may be reasonably assumed to be the data/information based on currently accepted documentation and research.

Students, however, are free to express their views and objections to the views offered in any course of study. They may also have their own judgment about matters of opinion, but they are responsible for learning the content of any course of study as well as for meeting the standards of performance established for each subject in which they are enrolled. Their performance and compliance with other course requirements are the bases for passing or failing in each subject in accordance to the rules governing the following:

A. Rules on Class Attendance and Absences/Tardiness

  1. Students should not incur absences of more than twenty percent (20%) of the required total number of class periods in a school year. For failure to comply with this requirement, a student is given a failing grade.
  2. Attendance is checked from the first day of regular classes regardless of the date of enrolment. Daily attendance is checked by the class secretary and the subject teacher must affix his/her signature on the attendance sheet.
  3. Tardiness is not tolerated. Students should be inside the classroom at the prescribed official schedule of each subject. Three tardiness is equivalent to one day of absence.

Procedure when an Absence/Tardiness is Incurred

  1. A student who has been absent/tardy must bring a written excuse letter duly signed by his/her parent/guardian. If he fails to submit/present a written excuse letter, he is continuously marked absent/tardy though he is physically present in the class.
  2. The written excuse letter must be approved and recorded by the class adviser.
  3. The approved excuse letter must be presented to and signed by the subject-teacher concerned.
  4. The signed excuse letter must be filed by the class adviser.
  5. On the third time and all the succeeding days of absence/tardiness, the student must be accompanied by his/her parent/guardian to the class adviser in his/her consultation period.
  6. For a student who was absent/tardy for three (3) consecutive days, the subject-teacher/adviser should inform the parents regarding his/her absences/tardiness.
  7. If the student’s attendance does not improve, he/she will be referred to the Guidance and/or Discipline Office for counseling/corrective measures.

B. Examinations

In a school year, students are required to take departmental scheduled tests. In addition, there are quizzes and unit tests, which may be required by the subject teachers.

For the scheduled regular departmental examinations, an official permit issued by the Finance Office must be secured and presented to the proctor before taking such examinations.

A student who fails to take the examinations for valid reasons may be given special tests by the subject-teacher concerned provided he/she is accompanied by his/her parent/guardian confirming his/her absence.

C. Grading System

  1. The High School has an explicit grading system patterned from the guidelines of the Basic Education Curriculum.
  2. There shall be four grading periods using the averaging method. Final grade is determined by averaging the marks for each subject for the four quarters.
  3. The Numerical System of grading shall be used and grades shall be expressed in multiples of one.
  4. The passing grade in any given subject shall be 75%. The lowest grade that can be given to a student after transmutation of performance shall be seventy (70) percent, except for non-attendance cases where the lowest grade that can be given is sixty five (65) percent.

D. Academic Honors

The Banded System of selecting honor students is used in the High School. Students obtaining weighted average of 90 and above and grades not less than 80% in any subjects in all grading periods are qualified for inclusion.

Procedure for Evaluation

  1. Multiply each subject grade by the corresponding weight and sum up for the grand total.
  2. Divide grand total by the total number of units to get the weighted average.
  3. Round off the computed weighted average to the nearest hundredths.
  4. Ex. Weighted Average     Round off to:

           88.362 ------------------ 88.36

           88.365 ------------------ 88.37

           88.368 ------------------ 88.37

  5. Determine where the honor student is to be classified by using the following equivalents.
  6. 94 and above     With Highest Honors

           92-93.99     With High Honors

           90-91.99     With Honors

Criteria for Graduating with Honors

The following criteria for graduating with honors is applicable to the first year students of SY 2005-2006 and the students thereafter.

  1. The student must have no grade lower than 80% in any subject, including Conduct from 1st year to 4th year.
  2. He must have obtained the required general average which is at least 90%.
  3. He must have been active in extra-curricular and co-curricular activities.
  4. He must have conducted himself in conformity with the standards set by the school.
  5. He must have established the required residency in High School with the corresponding percentage:
    • 100% Residency (First – Fourth year) - With Highest Honors
    • 75% Residency (Second Year, Third Year, Fourth Year) - With High Honors
    • 50% Residency (Third Year and Fourth Year) - With Honors
    • 25% Residency (Fourth Year) - With Special Citation

    To recognize the student’s entire performance in HAU High School, certain percentage of the general average is assigned for each curricular level which is as follows:

    • 20% - Second Year
    • 30% - Third Year
    • 50% - Fourth Year
  6. He must have completed the entire program or course within the prescribed number of curricular years.

With Special Citation

A student whose grade reaches the cut-off but is disqualified for final honors for obtaining a grade below 80% may be awarded a special citation, provided the grade is 79% and occurred only once during the 1st two curriculum years.

A Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) passer who satisfies the criteria for graduating with honors may also be awarded a special citation.

E. Policy on Sectioning

Classification of Students

Students are classified based on their general average according to:

  1. Challenge Sections: Comprise the first seven highest sections in the first year and the sections with students whose averages are 85% or above in the higher years.
  2. Note: For the purpose of meeting a certain class size, students whose averages are close to 85% may be included. There are cases where not all the seven challenge sections materialize.

  3. Hetero Sections: Comprise the sections with students whose averages are 84% and below. Mixed grouping is utilized in the assigning of sections.
  4. Career Tracks: Comprise the sections under the following tracks for incoming third year (effective SY 2008-2009) and incoming fourth year (effective SY 2009-2010): Science and Math Class, Liberal Arts, Information and Communications Technology, Entrepreneurship, and Culinary Arts.

Determination of Sections

For The First Year

  1. The Science-Math Classes (SMC) are Sections St. John and St. Matthew. Each class will be composed of 45 students. The students are ranked according to the result of the qualifying test.
  2. The first 45 students (scholars) will belong to section St. John and the last 45 students (non- scholars) will belong to section St. Matthew.

  3. After SMC’s are determined, the rest of the students are ranked to determine the other sections of the Challenge Group.
  4. Students who did not qualify in the Challenge Group will be classified as Hetero Group.
  5. The basis will be the following:

    • 40% - Result of the Entrance Test (20% for each type)
    •           IQ - 20%

                Reading - 20%

    • 60% - Grade in English(20%)
    •           Grade in Math(20%)

                Grade in Science(20%)

For The Second Year

  1. Sections St. John (scholars) and St. Matthew (non- scholars) are Science-Math Classes (SMC) composed of students who satisfied the criteria for SMC promotion and retention and those who have qualified for the lateral entry to SMC through the qualifying test. Students will be ranked in order to maintain the specific number for the SMC.
  2. After the SMC are determined, the rest of the students will be ranked to determine the other sections for the Challenge Group.
  3. Students who did not qualify in the Challenge Group will be classified as Hetero Group.

For the Third and Fourth Year

  1. Assigning of sections is based on the interest and aptitude of the students as per Career Preparatory Tracking System.

For Transferees

Assigning of sections to transferees will be based on the recommendation of the Guidance Counselors.

F. Policies on Promotion and Retention

  1. A student who fails in three (3) units or less is promoted to the next year level. A student who fails in more than three (3) units is retained in the year level.
  2. A student who fails in any subject/s is strongly advised to enroll the subject/s during summer. He/She can take a maximum of two subjects for the whole summer.
  3. A student who fails or is deficient in four or more subjects will be required to withdraw from the University.
  4. A student who fails in Conduct at the end of the school year will not be readmitted to Holy Angel University.

G. Scholarships, Grants, Awards and Citations

  1. Entrance Scholarships
  2. The University grants one hundred percent (100%) discount on tuition fees to elementary school valedictorians and fifty percent (50%) to elementary school salutatorians for one year, provided:

    • they come from an elementary school duly recognized by the government;
    • they present a certificate signed by the principal of the school that they are valedictorians and/or salutatorians.

  3. Science-Math Class Scholarship
  4. One hundred percent (100%) discount on tuition fee is granted to elementary graduates provided:

    • they belong to the top ten students of the graduating class or they have a general average of 85%; and their grades in Science and Math are not lower than 82%;
    • their grades in all other subjects and in all grading periods are not lower than 80%; and
    • they passed the following test:
      • entrance test for Incoming Freshmen
      • qualifying test

    All those who have taken the qualifying test will be ranked and only the first 45 will be taken in as academic scholars.

  5. Academic Scholarship
  6. Students with excellent performance in their academic work may qualify for academic scholarship.

    Academic scholars may continue to enjoy the scholarship provided the following conditions are met:

    • grades in Science and Math are not lower than 83%;
    • all grades in other subjects are not lower than 80%;
    • grade in Conduct is not lower than 88%; and
    • the general average is not lower than 90%.

    However, the number of academic scholars will depend on the number of students in the year level (1 scholar per 100 students).

  7. Grants-in-aid
  8. Full tuition fee discounts are extended to financially disadvantaged but deserving students who may apply as:

    • room cleaners
    • athletes

  9. PTA Scholarship
  10. A Student Education Scholarship Grant of 50% discount on tuition fee is granted to financially disadvantaged but deserving students provided they meet the following conditions:

    • they have a general average of 85% for incoming freshmen and 82% for upper year levels and without failing grade in any subjects;
    • the applicant and the parent/guardian must be of good moral standing; and
    • they must have passed the preliminary and final interview to be conducted by the chairman/members of the committee.

  11. Educational Service Contracting (ESC)
  12. A government subsidy is awarded to financially disadvantaged but deserving students

  13. Education Voucher System (EVS)
  14. EVS is a government subsidy awarded to public elementary school graduates (through their principal) who want to pursue secondary education in private high schools.

    Students enjoying any of the scholarships offered and/or vying for honors are required to be morally upright, loyal, compliant to school rules and regulations, and manifest other qualities becoming of a model student. All the other conditions stipulated in the Guidelines for Scholarships signed by both student and the parent must be satisfied.

    A student can enjoy only one type of scholarship in a given school year.

  15. End-of-School-Year Awards
    • Certificates and medals are awarded to honor students during recognition programs.
    • Loyalty medals are given to graduating students who have studied continuously in HAU from Grade I to Fourth Year H.S.
    • Certificates or medals are awarded to students for outstanding achievements in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.

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